Finding the Right Socks when Diagnosed with Diabetes

5 December 2019

About Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that has altered the lives of 8.8% of Ontarian’s as of 2005, and is projected to increase to 10% worldwide by 2030. Diabetes has a significant impact on many aspects of the lives of those who are affected. It is a disease that affects the blood vessels and nerves which as a result can cause a decrease in sensation and circulation in areas of the body such as the feet. This can in turn cause irritation, feelings of “burning”, infections, and swelling.

What Can You Do?

Inspect your feet on a daily basis and seek medical advice from a qualified physician if you notice any irregularities. Get the right sock! The right sock selection may help to improve the health of your foot as a treatment against some of the symptoms of diabetes.

What Socks are Recommended?

Simcan, a Canadian company, was founded in 1991. Early on they began focusing on hosiery to address the many medical conditions that impact the foot and lower leg. The Simcan branded socks are endorsed by the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association as a trusted diabetic sock!

The features the Simcan Comfort Sock include, a hand stitched, flat toe seam to avoid irritation, 3 zones of comfort & support in the lower leg, and plenty of stretch that gently molds to the leg without pinching or binding. The socks are easy to put on and are sag resistant. They stay put without leaving marks.

Cotton Simcan Comfort Sock - made of 98% cotton, 2% spandex, designed to wick the moisture away from your foot, decreasing your risk of premature loss of sensation in the bottom of your foot. Available at Gadsby’s in denim, navy or black. Fits men's shoe size 8 - 11 1/2.

Wool Simcan Comfort Sock - made of 40% merino wool, 32% cotton, 3% spandex, they provide additional warmth and moisture absorbency. Available at Gadsby’s in black, navy or charcoal. Fits men's shoe size 8 - 11 1/2.

Simcan Tender Top Sock - made of 73% cotton, 25% nylon, 2% spandex, this lightweight dress sock provides all day comfort and style. The sag resistant tri-rib top holds the sock in place without binding. Available at Gadsby’s in black or charcoal. Fits men's shoe size 8 - 11 1/2.

Other Conditions:

There are many medical conditions which can exhibit symptoms on your feet and lower limbs. Some of these include, but are not limited to: Edema, Vascular Disorders, Gout, Athlete’s Foot, Corns and Bunions.


Any decision to acquire a product due to a medical condition or to address such a condition should be made in consultation with a medical specialist and only upon their advice.


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An excellent resource for those in need of advanced diabetic foot treatment is The Mayer Institute in Hamilton, Ontario.